Microsoft To Remove All Links To Revenge Porn Sites In Bing, Xbox Live & OneDrive

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Microsoft Bing Accepting Revenge Porn Removal Requests.

WASHINGTON: Microsoft announced it was joining an effort to curb so-called “revenge porn,” by helping victims remove links to sexually explicit images of them posted without their consent. “When someone shares intimate images of another person online without that person’s consent, the effects can be truly devastating,” said Microsoft chief online safety office Jacqueline Beauchere in a blog post. “Unfortunately, revenge porn is on the rise across the globe. Microsoft is throwing its weight behind efforts to fight revenge porn – posting of explicit and private images without the subject’s consent – by removing links to such images in its online and gaming platforms including Bing, OneDrive and Xbox Live.

The form requires your name, the URLs you want removed, and an honest answer about whether you provided consent for distribution; other details like additional documentation and contact information are also requested. Revenge porn refers to the sharing of intimate photographs online without the consent of the person in the photographs in an attempt to humiliate the victim. In the most severe and tragic cases, it has even led to suicide.” Beauchere said Microsoft has honoured requests to take down such content, but that it has now established a new reporting page that makes the process easier. The page is currently available in English “and will be expanded to other languages in the coming weeks,” Beauchere said. “When we remove links or content, we will do so globally.” “Clearly, this reporting mechanism is but one small step in a growing and much-needed effort across the public and private sectors to address the problem,” Beauchere said. “It’s important to remember, for example, that removing links in search results to content hosted elsewhere online doesn’t actually remove the content from the Internet – victims still need stronger protections across the Web and around the world.” – AFP Google search SVP Amit Singhal said they have come across “troubling” stories of ex-partners seeking to humiliate a person by posting such private images. “Our philosophy has always been that Search should reflect the whole web.

Google last month implemented a similar program, promising to honor requests to remove from search results nude or sexually explicit content shared without consent. Microsoft remains committed to continuing to work with leaders and experts worldwide on this evolving subject, and we expect to learn a great deal as the process moves forward. In the meantime, our hope is that by helping to address requests and to remove these extremely personal photos and videos from our services, we can better support victims as they work to re-claim their privacy, and help to push just a little further in the fight against this despicable practice. Twitter, meanwhile, recently introduced new rules for user behavior, adding to sections concerning “private information” and “threats and abuse,” and making it clear that the microblogging site frowns heavily on posting inappropriate images without third-party consent.

While the company had apparently been processing reports of revenge porn content from victims prior to this move, it’s now formalized the process with a dedicated reporting page to make it easier for victims to have their request dealt with. Earlier this year, the FTC banned revenge porn site operator Craig Brittain from posting risqué images without people’s consent, and ordered him to destroy his collection.

Google has continued resisting calls by European data protection regulators to delist right-to-be-forgotten content globally, limiting link removal for these requests to European sub-domains. It has also lobbied hard against the principle of the ruling, despite not objecting to processing removal requests for copyrighted information and other data it deems ‘sensitive,’ such as bank account details.

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